POLL: How Should Bowie Pay to Protect the Bay?
The city could face millions in costs to improve stormwater treatment facilities. But where would the money come from?
The City of Bowie in the next five years may be facing unanticipated costs of $10 million to $40 million to improve its storm water treatment facilities. The change may come because of new federal regulations requiring many local governments to remove more pollutants from storm water runoff to better protect the Chesapeake Bay.
City officials, who describe these changes as an unfunded federal mandate, are pondering taxes or fees upon residents or borrowing money to raise the funds.